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CHAPTER CONNECTION

AGC of Utah
LEADING THE WAY IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING
BY RICH THORN, PRESIDENT/CEO

NINE THOUSAND COULD MEAN differ-

ent things to different people, but to the
members and staff at the AGC of Utah, it
represents the number of general contractors and specialty contractors who
used the leadership and expertise of the
chapter to help meet their state-required
mandate of continuing education (CE) for
their contractor licensing and those future
contractors who needed to complete the
state law of 20 hours of pre-licensing
education necessary to sit for the state
contractor's exam.
Chapter leadership made available
approximately 100 separate events to
meet these needs. That's a lot of training.
So, where does the faculty come from?
From within the chapter's membership,
of course. Experts in their respective
fields accept the invitation to share their
knowledge with class attendees, assisting them as they learn about changes in
state statutes, human resources, legal,
tax, insurance, corporate make up and
safety. These are a few examples of what
these attorneys, insurance brokers, CPAs,
project managers and others address.
By coupling the continuing education with a very aggressive Workforce
Development Committee, the chapter has
'made a dent' in helping construction
companies find what we believe is the
next generation of industry workers. In
a commissioned study, the Workforce
Development Committee got a behindthe-curtain peek at what the future of
Utah's construction workers looks like
and what is important to them. The

results of this study helped the chapter
develop a members' toolkit that guides
those responsible for worker outreach to
target specific areas of potential workers and provide them with the insights
necessary to share the message that
construction is a terrific career opportunity. In addition, committee members
and chapter staff had the opportunity
to attend and share construction's message at the annual Junior High and High
School Career Counselors annual conference. Conference attendees, nearly
1,200 counselors, learned about the
advantages of careers in construction.
Apprenticeship programs, certificates
and other credentialed programs were

Workforce development, or the lack thereof,
continues to be a high priority, if not the top issue,
AGC of Utah is addressing.

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showcased. Many in attendance were
unaware of the opportunities that construction has and yes, in most if not all
cases, these programs can be completed
with no college debt. That really caught
the eye of attendees.
A spinoff of the career counselors
event was the program of adopting a high
school. AGC members across the state
began adopting a high school, supporting
them with speakers, special projects and
instructors in the classroom where students embraced construction's message.
The work certainly isn't complete.
Workforce development, or the lack
thereof, continues to be a high priority, if
not the top issue, AGC of Utah is addressing. Can we make a difference? You bet.
But only if all will embrace the idea, pitch
in and then really get involved. Share the
message with friends, neighbors and others. Not only will it be a rewarding experience, but it will help our industry as we
move forward in the coming years.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Focused on the Future
Simonson Says
2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
Span Cycles
Chapter Connection
Technology Toolbox
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - March/April 2018 - intro
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover1
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover2
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 3
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 4
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 5
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 6
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 8
Constructor - March/April 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 10
Constructor - March/April 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Focused on the Future
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 13
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 14
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 15
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 16
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 17
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 18
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 20
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 28
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Span Cycles
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 36
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 38
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 40
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 41
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 42
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 44
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 46
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 47
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 48
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 50
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